Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Sunday, September 16.
International and European club football
Liverpool FC full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is relishing their 2018/19 UEFA Champions League opener against French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) next week at the Anfield Stadium; and Steven Gerrard expressed confidence he will have both Lassana Coulibaly and Ovie Ejaria available for Rangers’ opening Europa League group game against Villarreal in Spain on Thursday evening.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Manchester United's Jose Mourinho says Romelu Lukaku epitomises his team's performance as they withstood a spirited fightback from Watford to claim back-to-back victories and condemn the Hornets to a first loss of the season; Jack Harrison's late goal earned Leeds a deserved point at Millwall and extended the Championship leaders' unbeaten league start; and Hearts manager Craig Levein says Uche Ikpeazu was right to make the challenge that resulted in Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson being injured.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has confirmed Paris Saint-Germain made an approach for him during the summer window; Genk secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Anderlecht in a titanic Pro League encounter on Saturday; Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a double as Ajax Amsterdam defeated Groningen 3-0 in an Eredivisie game; Besiktas recorded a 2-1 win over Yeni Malatyaspor; and Los Angeles FC were held to a 1-1 stalemate by New England Revolution in an MLS encounter.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Manchester United are said to have told Inter Milan they will have to trade Ivan Perisic as part of any temporary move for striker Anthony Martial. Chelsea are reportedly among a number of clubs who have been impressed by Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic's explosive start to the season; and Hearts are said to be close to making an eighteenth summer signing after Sean Clare started training with the Jambos.